For Gaburri's drawings, I am extremely pleased with what you propose to me. I should be well content with two of each master. I can't well fix on any price ; but would not the rate of a sequin a-piece be sufficient? to be sure he never gave anything like that: when one buys the quantity you mention to me, I can't but think that full enough for one with another. At least, if I bought so many as two hundred, I would not venture to go beyond that.
I am not at all easy from what you tell me of the Spaniards. I have now no hopes but in the winter, and what it may produce. I fear ours will be most ugly: the disgusts about Hanover swarm and increase every day. The King and Duke have left the army, which is marching to winter-quarters in Flanders. He will not be here by his birthday, but it will be kept when he comes. The Parliament meets the 22nd of November. All is distraction ! no union in the Court: no certainty about the House of Commons: Lord Carteret making no friends, the King making enemies: Mr. Pelham in vain courting Pitt, &c. Pulteney unresolved. How will it end? No joy but in the Jacobites. I know nothing more, so turn to Mr. Chute.
My dear Sir, how I am obliged to you for your poem! Patapan is so vain with it, that he will read nothing else ; I only offered him a Martial to compare it with the original, and the little coxcomb threw it into the fire, and told me, ' He never heard of a lapdpg's reading Latin; that it was very well for house-dogs and pointers that live in the country, and have several hours upon their hands : for my part,' said he,
' I am so nice, who ever saw A Latin book on my sofa? You'll find as soon a Bible there Or recipes for pastry ware.